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good evening. in the bible, jesus tells his followers, unless you change or become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. unclear if jesus had in mind what the lavelle family of washington state is now up to. you are about to meet parents sending their ten children out into the streets to preach a fiery brand of gospel to complete strangers. here is abc's neil karlinsky for "faith matters." >> reporter: a thursday and big night out for the lavelle family, home work is done, dinner eater and piling into the minivan on a regular routing. >> are you nervous? >> little bit. >> reporter: not bowling or a movie but to do this. >> if you do not turn from your sins, you will die! it's that simple. you either turn or you burn. >> reporter: 15-year-old joanna is part of the spokane
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preachers. >> if you do not repent you will be cast into the lack of fire and you will be burn there forever. >> reporter: already a fierce preacher and it is easy to see why. >> god so loved the world he gave his only begotten son. but the world so hated god it sinned against him. >> reporter: that's his father david lavelle. one of the founders of the group that doesn't just include christina and jonah, but ten kids raised to join him in these sermons that make people very angry. [ indiscernible ] >> you won't tell me nothing! >> reporter: some of the people we have spoken to a lot when they see your kids it is owe cape f -- okay for adults. kids shouldn't be put in a position like this. >> they'll take their kids, to movies, hockey games, all kind of violence. never think about what they're exposing them to.
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>> reporter: "nightline" spent 48 hours with the lavelles. >> we are the lavelle family. >> they may interview me, i'm the new preacher. >> suzanna lavelle is 11 and tonight getting ready to undergo this unusual rite of passage. >> what do you expect from people out there on the streets? >> a lot of people get really mad. and they -- claim that you are shoving your religion down their throat. >> reporter: the lavelles long had their children accompany them on street missions. >> the preachers will come down and ruin everything. >> reporter: their fundamental belief that churches preach a candy coated watered down message to skirt some sins in order to apale to a broad audience. >> this is what you call love speech. we're told the truth here. we, we love you. >> reporter: where you stand their version is either tough love or annoying and
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inappropriate. friday we catch up with them outside one of their favorite targets, the spokane islamic center. >> all you can -- he deallah do give you power to be holy, what does allah give you. >> they have a belief different than yours. you are shouting theirs is false. >> is false, right. probably pretty difficult stuff for them. trying to go into pray. they have that being shouted at them. >> reporter: we are speaking so they will be woken up. what is hateful about telling somebody the rupted by a county sheriff stops them from using the mega phone, so powerful designed to be heard across the noisy deck of an aircraft carrier. [ indiscernible ] >> a little too loud. >> would you be okay with -- them preaching their beliefs on the public sidewalk outside of
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your house? >> i would take it as an opportunity to really talk to these people. in fact, i might welcome it. >> reporter: when they're not out preaching, the lavelle family lives a quiet life, no television, home schooling all of them in it together. >> this one is -- >> okay. >> named after his father. >> the day's rituals are a seamless patchwork of school, and bible study. >> this is proverbs chapter 2 listen. i will ask you questions out of what we read. >> reporter: what do you say to those that look at what you do. you are an adult. fine, do as you please. these kids -- they don't really have a choice. they're not old enough off to know their home schooled. they don't have access to outside thinking. >> well they have access to all outside thinking in that they understand when we go out into the world they're going to encounter all those things.
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son jonah has been preaching since he was 13. >> is it scary out there preaching in the streets? >> some times. >> people who reject you out there. a lot of them i guess. what do you think of those people? >> i think it's because they're, they hate god and they hate god's people. so they curse at us. and call us all sorts of names. >> reporter: because the kids are home skoomchooled, field tr can end up at planned parenthood where they protested. >> we minister as a family. every one of the children is a testimony to life. >> jesus christ will come back and judge all of us. >> reporter: clearly they have a right to express their opinions on abortion. but their critics wonder if it is right to expose young kids to all of this. >> she has a sign about hitler. he has a sign with bloody
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fetuses. and pretty rough stuff. for little kids. should they really be here amidst all that. >> this is the reality. this is the ugliness of abortion. >> reporter: some of spokane's religious leaders worry what the lavelles are doing isn't just free speech. >> i feel for the children with them. they are -- touting a message that is cruel and hateful. and that drives people away from christianity. >> the church is often targeted because they welcome members of the gay and lesbian community. in this video, posted on youtube, they confront of a member of the congregation. >> this church out here. in the public. support homosexuality on the streets. >> given the fact that so many people. think you're crack pots. angry, yelling. maybe there is a better way for you to spread your word.
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>> if there was a better way i would use that way. but unless that sinner repents he will not receive god's forgiveness. >> now suzanna is ready for her preaching debut. >> nervous about going out to the streets? >> a little bit. >> reporter: little bit? >> yeah, i pray brave. >> reporter: you are. her battleground. the sidewalk outside the college basketball tournament. alongside ticket scalpers. this is a moment of heart swelling pride to the lavelles. when she begins it's like someone pressed play on ape message she practiced her life. >> blessed is the man who not standeth in the way of sinners. you must repent! turn from your sin! you must turn from -- everything. drinking! pot smoking! everything. you must turn from your sin.
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>> your message doesn't register. but sends waves of joy through her parents. all right. heavens rejoicing. sweetie. >> how did you feel as the a mother watching your daughter out here tonight? >> i thought it was fabulous. wonderful. brought tears to my eyes. >> god is powerful. you must repent and believe in him. >> whatever you think of the message. these messagers will be here. and people shouldn't be angry with them, they should be thanking them. i'm neil karlinski, "nightline," in spokane, washington. up next on "nightline." faith pushing one country to the brink of genocide and the american woman heading to the front lines to try to stop it. e for many people struggling with bipolar depression. latuda is not for everyone.
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tonight we'll take you to the front lines with an american woman dealing with a problem from hell. trying to stop a genocide in a country where christians and muslims are at each other's throats. here is abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran. >> reporter: welcome to the central african republic, a kind of hell on earth. in january, tens of thousand of people driven from their homes by blood thirsty militias fled to the main airport in the capital city of bangue taking shelter under the wings of planes, desperate, terrified. today there are nearly 100,000 people here living in grim
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squalor, now penned in behind barbed wire for their safety officials claim. they tell us in french how they fled for their lives the night the killers came. >> somebody came to your house? a -- [ speaking foreign language ] >> came with the guns. believe it or not they're the lucky ones. outside of the airport, the central african republic is on the brink of genocide. >> it is neighbor killing neighbor. christians were going house to house. dragging people out of their houses. attacking them with machetes, killing them. and lynching them. burning them on the streets. there was one day where i saw seven people killed before 9:00 in the morning. >> marcus bleesdale a photographer for human rights watch, doing work in the central african tree public. what he has seen and photographed defies imagination. the frenzy of killing.
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the fear as a man runs for his life from a boy with a machete and others with bows and arrows. the unendurable pain of the murder of children. >> they are very aware that children shouldn't be soldiers, but they are also still using them. >> central african republic is one of the poorest countries on earth. 4.4 million bitterly divided as before between muslims and christians. nearly 700,000 people have been forced out of their homes. no one knows the death toll. we flew here in a u.s. military plane that brought u.s. ambassador to the united nations samantha power. she has been here before. tried to rally the world to stop a potential genocide and get help to the people. >> the only way they feel safe is to literally be bumping up against the runway where international community can see
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them. power won the pulitzer prize ten years ago for a book "a problem from hell" about the u.s. government's failure to stop genocide in bosnia, rwanda and elsewhere. it is her job. she speed through shattered streets to meet the new president here who has no money and less power to stop the killing. but power likes her spirit. how did the meeting go? >> she is an extremely impressive woman. she came into power with great popularity and great fanfare. and because although she is a christian she has spoken up so often on behalf of protecting the muslim people of the country her popularity has started to suffer a little bit. >> reporter: then a ceremonial visit to international peacekeepers. a few thousand are here. they're overwhelmed. 25 have been killed. they need more troops, nor resour resources. it all seems a long way off. so the killing and the suffering continues. and it infuriates marcus
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beesley. >> horrific. sitting here 20 years after rwanda, the anniversary we are commemorating this week. we said never again back then. we are allowing it to happen right now. >> ambassador power seems something else. >> depravity in the human heart and gets unleashed. pretty hard to put back in the box. >> an astonishing moment captures the desperation here. an investigator with human rights watch, hears the sound of a baby's cry in the bush in the middle of nowhere. [ baby crying ] >> reporter: abandoned but alive. like her country, as it distends into hell. for "nightline," i'm terry moran, in bangue, central african republic. >> an extraordinary moment caught on camera. hope the beginning of a new, and
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and that was my gift for him and me. to ] when i said that...we weren't ready to have a baby, we're actually eight-weeks pregnant. [women] shut up! [brother-in-law off camera] we're pregnant! [woman] you're kidding me! [man] shut up! [woman] shut up! [screams] take the kid,take the kid,take the kid! [woman] oh my god! [everyone laughter,crying]
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>> today on a vvisit to new zealand, his royal chubbiness may have had the most watched play date in the history of man kind. so many pressing questions what toys does prince george like, can he make friend, does he know where his nose is? abc's cecelia vega is on the story. >> reporter: it was a play date unlike any other. an 8-month-old prince and his royal subjects minus the crowns and jewels, just a bunch of toys and crying babies. for this first official order of business on their royal tour down under, will, kate, and baby george are breaking the royal
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mold. this play date a modern version of the royal crawl about from williams inaugural trip here more than three decades ago. but this is a new generation in the house of windsor, an air to the throne mingling with the common folk, the future queen on the floor like a regular mom? for starters there will be no tiaras during this trip. and the duke and duchess, yes, traveling with an entourage, that include a royal nanny. but a smaller group. royal watchers call this a royal revolution. >> this is much more downsized than would, really be on, on a senior level. >> reporter: times are tough at the palace? >> they look to do things themselves. they don't need as many, flunkies, servants around them. >> the future king mostly interested in his mom's hair, not so interested in blocks. and he has some work to do when it comes to the ladies. this little girl, burst into
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tears when george tried to hold hand. she might regret that one day. prince william told the other first-time parents in the room that baby george is now teething and that he is the one to give george a bottle every night and put him to bed. his parents said the ten especially selected new zealand babies, all georges age, made for the most kids the little prince had ever played with at once. >> they don't know that they can wander into a play group and everything that prince does will be exposed right away. they're careful to make sure they don't expose him to normal families in the way a baby might be because he is special. he is going to be future king. >> reporter: like father, like son. two tears to the throne who look like they know exactly what nay want. for now that seems to be a toy that belongs to another baby. for "nightline," cecelia vega id wellington, new zealand.
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>> important life lessons in new zealand today. thanks to you for watching tonight. tune in to "gma" first thing in the morning. online, 24/17, abcnews.com. thank you for joining us. good night.
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